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    DescriptionBy the third century B. C. , at the height of their greatest expansion, the Celts had spread from their Rhineland home as far west as Ireland and east to Turkey's central plain, as far north as Belgium and south to Cadiz in Spain. They had crossed the Alps and defeated the armies of the Etruscan empire and had occupied Rome and invaded the Greek peninsula. Formidable warriors armed with iron weapons, they would find their way to Egypt and into Queen Cleopatra's elite bodyguard. Tracking the progress of the Celts through the ancient world, this compelling history celebrates more than their warfare, for the Celts also developed agricultural techniques that even the Romans adopted. They cut the first roads through impenetrable European forests, displayed exuberant genius in their metalwork, monumental stone carvings, glassware, and jewelry, exerted influence on Greek philosophers and Roman surgeons, and made Irish the third literary language of Europe, after Latin and Greek. Bringing new material from anthropology and archaeology to this engaging illustrated survey, Ellis explores the remarkable achievements of a people who have survived three millennia, their heritors the Irish, Manx, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons who speak a Celtic tongue to this day.


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    Title
    The Celts
    Subtitle
    A History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Berresford Ellis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 182 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780786712113
    ISBN 10: 0786712112
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    DC21: 936.102
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    Edition
    Revised
    Edition statement
    Revised
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Avalon Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Avalon Publishing Group
    Publication date
    02 December 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "The fullest portrait available of one of European history's greatest civilizations."